The aim of Neurofibromatosis Month is to provide information to the community and to healthcare and educational professionals, so that they will better understand what Neurofibromatosis (NF) is. This will enable them to accept and provide support to those affected by NF.
Each year around 250,000 Australian school students participate in Schools Tree Day - a special National Tree Day event just for kids. It's a great opportunity for children to learn about nature, get outside and have fun at the same time. This Schools Tree Day, all schools and their students are encouraged get involved and plant some trees for a healthier planet!
The Great Northern Clean Up, an event of Clean Up Australia, takes place during the months of August, September and October - a time of year which is more suitable
for communities living in the tropical North.
Since the campaign started in 2009 more than 30,000 volunteers have removed the equivalent of 1,800 ute loads of rubbish from 813 sites north of the Tropic of Capricorn.
This year the event is taking place during the months of August-October when an estimated 3,851 volunteers have already removed around 277 ute loads of rubbish from 126 sites across northern Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.
Physical Activity Australia have renamed October, 'Walktober' - Australia's walking month! It's the ideal time to celebrate walking. October is that time of year when you feel a 'spring' in your step; the weather is warming up and it's a great time to get outside.
Join the Walktober Challenge and take steps to make sure that this generation of kids are active and healthy. Commit to 31 days of activity for a minimum of 31 minutes. At the same time, we raise funds to enable Bluearth and its programs to have a presence in more schools across Australia.
Dogtober is a way to get involved with Assistance Dogs, have some fun and help train another 25 super pups to help people with physical disabilities.
You can help by creating your own doggie themed event or being sponsored to undertake a challenge which will raise much needed funds and awareness.
Great Cycle Challenge encourages people of all ages and fitness levels to get on their bikes this October and ride to fight kids' cancer!
Right now, cancer is the largest killer of children from disease in Australia. Over 600 Australian children are diagnosed with cancer every year and sadly, 3 die every week.
The first month-long observance for lupus awareness occurred when President Reagan signed Public Law 99-365, designating October 1986 as Lupus Awareness Month. It marks the occasion to highlight the need for more awareness and financial support for a potentially fatal disease that affects close to 6 million world-wide.
Nude Food Day is a nationwide initiative developed to encourage kids and parents to eat well and live well, and eliminate all unnecessary packaging and wrapping that goes into schools. Nude Food Day can be celebrated any day (or everyday!) in October.
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and every year many events take place during October including the National Awareness Event, Light it Red for Dyslexia, which started in 2015.
Light it Red for Dyslexia is an annual event that is administered by Code Read Dyslexia Network Australia on behalf of the national Dyslexia Support Groups. Throughout the month of October significant monuments and buildings around Australia are lit up in the colour red for Dyslexia Awareness.
Simply nominate a day during October to promote safety and the importance of injury prevention.
The KIDS Foundation Injury Free Campaign is an annual event which highlights the importance of safety and injury prevention. The campaign runs during October, Community Safety Month. Schools can register their involvement, receive free resources and show their commitment to safety by encouraging their students and staff to be safe at school, at home and within the community.
October is international breast cancer awareness month and NBCF's biggest fundraiser is the Pink Ribbon Breakfast Campaign.
Whether you hold a morning tea, a big breakfast event in your community or a get-together in your office, the donations collected will make a difference to people with breast cancer.
Ocsober is a fundraising initiative that encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of October. Ocsober supports Life Education and Life Education's iconic mascot Healthy Harold who, for 30 years, has been empowering Aussie Kids to make smart, healthy life choices free from the harms associated with drug misuse.
Cancer Council's Girls' Night In is the ideal reason to get your girlfriends together to celebrate friendships that matter for a cause that matters. By bringing the ladies in your life together for this special event you will be raising much needed funds to help beat women's cancers.
Crime Prevention Month is about educating the community about strategies they can use to reduce their chance of being a victim of crime. Through simple steps members of the community can take part in reducing crime and can increase their personal safety. Crime Prevention Month is an opportunity for members of the community to learn these steps.
Mental Health Month NSW is part of a national mental health promotion campaign held throughout October each year. The timing of the campaign centres on World Mental Health Day, which is marked each year on October 10.
Buy Nothing New Month is the global movement for collective, conscientious consumption. It's about thinking where our stuff comes from (finite resources) and where it goes when we're done (often landfill) and what are the fantastic alternatives out there to extend the life of our 'stuff'.
The Day of the Girl is about highlighting, celebrating, discussing, and advancing girls lives and opportunities across the globe. When girls come together to talk about what really matters to us, we can teach other people-grownups, boys, girls all across the world-a new way of thinking about issues like gender stereotypes, discrimination, and opportunity. October 11 is not just a day but a movement. 11.10 is bigger than one issue, one organization, or even one country.
Bleeding Disorders Awareness Week is an opportunity for haemophilia foundations and other organisations, as well as individuals and families, to fundraise and take part in a campaign and activities to raise awareness about haemophilia and related inherited bleeding disorders throughout Australia.
Anti-Poverty Week aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and to encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.
Carers Week recognises and celebrates the 2.6 million Australians who are carers in our communities. Carers Week events across Victoria provide opportunities for carers to get together and support one another, exchange ideas and information, and spread awareness about caring.
Every year on International Arthritis Day people with arthritis from around the World join together to make their voices heard and raise awareness of arthritis, an often painful disease that affects millions of individuals across the globe.
National Adoption Awareness Week (NAAW) is coordinated by Adopt Change and is designed to raise awareness of adoption and provide education on the support needs of children and families. NAAW aims to increase insight and understanding through a series of specialist and community-based events exploring the experiences of children and families through local and intercountry adoption and promote reform of Australian adoption laws and practices to facilitate a pro-adoption community.
Bring your Super Powers and a gold coin donation and come to school or your workplace dressed up as your favourite superhero or better yet, invent one! Register your school or workplace and nominate a date for the event in the first week of September.
International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction is a day for city-planners and governments across the world to think about the safety of the people who rely on them in the instance of a natural disaster. While it is not a day to actively decrease the instances of natural disasters, it is a reminder to these people that they must reduce the death tolls of the most major disasters.
Cancer Council's Pink Ribbon Day helps raises funds in support of the many thousands of Australian women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers. Cancer Council aims to minimise the threat of women's cancers through successful prevention, best treatment, support and world-class cancer research.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Research and Information
15 October is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. On this day, parents and families across Australia honour their babies who passed away from miscarriage, stillbirth or postnatal causes.
To lose a baby is an agonizing heartache we wish no one would have to go through. If you have lost a baby, you are not alone: 1 out every 4 Australian women has lost a baby, too. Many bereaved parents find that being able to honour their babies on 15th Oct helps them on their journey to overcome the grief.
On the International Day of Rural Women we recognise the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.
Fivers For Survivors Day is raising awareness for Anti-Slavery Day on the 18th and raising funds for the Survivors of Modern Slavery in Australia. The estimation is around $18,000 people living in slavery here, but we think it is more.
Join other businesses and corporates, who put on a 'lunch and learn' or after work 'drinks and learn', and every employee donates $5 or $50 toward ending slavery in Australia and helping victims recover.
GiveOUT Day is a national day of giving to LGBTIQ+ communities, organisations and projects. Join us as we work to build the capacity of LGBTIQ+ projects and communities around Australia, and create greater visibility for these grassroots organisations. Sign up now to raise funds for your organisation, or donate to one (or more!) of the worthy projects.
Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (RADLD)
DLD is a developmental disability which affects who a person thinks about, understands and uses language. The cause for this is unknown and affects approximately 7% of the population. It is often referred to as a hidden disability, as people with DLD look like everyone else. It is hidden, but very common and often goes undiagnosed. As you can imagine, difficulties with language development significantly impacts a person's ability to make friends, learn at school and enter the workforce. A person with DLD is also at high risk of incarceration, anxiety/depression and suicide.
Edge Day is an unofficial holiday founded by people who associate themselves with the straight edge movement. Straight edge is a subculture and subgenre of hardcore punk whose adherents refrain from using alcohol, tobacco, and other recreational drugs. It was a direct reaction to the sexual revolution, hedonism, and excess associated with punk rock.
Every year during the third full week of October is Sock it to Suicide week, the White Wreath Association encourages everyone to wear bright coloured socks to their workplace, school, etc and donate a gold coin in support of the White Wreath Association.
National Water Week is dedicated to raise community awareness about current and future water issues and to encourage the community to take action to protect our vital water sources. It's also a celebration of water achievements in painting a sustainable future for generations to come.
Have you ever wondered about the birds in your neighbourhood? Join thousands of people for the AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT - BirdLife Australia's first nationwide bird survey. All you need is 20 minutes, your favourite green patch and some keen eyesight (or binoculars!) Record the birds you see on our brand new Aussie Bird Count app (or website) and you'll instantly see live information on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted right across your neighbourhood and the whole of Australia!
December 19th is Poinsettia Day. The date marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, an American botanist, physician and Minister to Mexico who in 1828 sent cuttings of the plant he'd discovered in Southern Mexico to his home in Charleston, South Carolina. Botanically, the plant is known as Euphorbia Pulcherrima.
Evidence-based healthcare is a worldwide movement with hundreds of organisations and tens of thousands of individuals working tirelessly towards improving the science and practice of EBHC for the same aim: to improve health outcomes. This is a global initiative aimed at creating awareness of the need for better evidence to inform healthcare policy, practice and decision making in order to improve health outcomes globally.
World Osteoporosis Day takes place every year on October 20, launching a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) every year, World Osteoporosis Day involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries.
Ride 2 Work Day has become an established event on the annual workplace calendar. Whether you're a regular cycle-commuter or you're just thinking about having a go, now is the time to start planning for Ride to Work Day.
Garage Sale Trail is a free festival of over 16,100 garage sales that happens in communities across Australia annually. Save the date!
It's fast becoming a national movement of reuse-loving, community minded individuals who come together on one weekend to clear out their pre-loved stuff, find treasure, meet the neighbours and have some fun. Garage Sale Trail is Powered by 150+ local councils, like-minded partners and over 370,000 Australians. Whether you're looking to declutter or make some money, love the search for a unique bargain, or just want to take part in a fun community event, get involved!
Come and join us for our 'HEADSPACE DAY' - a national day of awareness and celebration of youth mental health. #headspaceday is about ensuring young people across the country have access to youth friendly, mental health services, no matter where they live. By picking up an Access All Areas wristband from your local headspace centre, you can show your support for young people experiencing mental health issues and the importance of access to services for all young people.
Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders announced a National Day of Unity in response to growing reports of discrimination, violence and rising tensions within the Australian community.
Celebrate National Unity Week by hosting or attending an inter-faith or intercultural event in your community. Meet people of other cultures and faiths, learn from one another and recognise that unity builds a better future than division ever could.
Fish out your flashiest frock, or dig out that awesome Hawaiian shirt you've been hiding in your wardrobe and get it on!
Loud Shirt Day is the day you wear something really, loud to help give deaf children the gift of sound and speech. Whether you fancy stripes, florals, polka dots or paisley, as long as its got colour, pizzazz, it'll be perfect for Loud Shirt Day.
Children's Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia during the fourth week in October. Children's Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities.
World Polio Day serves as a reminder that the disease, which can cause lifelong paralysis, is almost eradicated. The day is used to raise funds for polio foundations to continue their efforts to finally see the end of polio.
World Kangaroo is celebrated on 9 March of each year. Through World Kangaroo Day, we aim to celebrate kangaroos and raise awareness to the largest commercial slaughter of land-based wildlife in the world.
Loss of habitat, bushfires, drought, predators, legal and illegal hunting, car accidents, fences, disease and animal cruelty are driving local populations of kangaroos to extinction. Instead of protecting kangaroos, each year Australian Governments sanction the commercial slaughter of millions of kangaroos for their meat and skins.
World Kangaroo Day shines a light on the problems facing Australia's kangaroo. We need to raise awareness and educate people because the commercial kangaroo industry is shrouded in 50 years of claims, which are no longer true - if they ever were. It's time to debunk the myths and educate the public before more local kangaroo populations become extinct.
World Polio Day shines a spotlight on the importance of the global eradication of polio, and addresses the existing threat to the global community of ongoing poliovirus transmission and the risk of circulating vaccine derived polioviruses (cVDPV).
Herbal Medicine Week promotes the use of herbal medicines. This annual event is held by the National Herbalists Association of Australia and is spreading like wild herbs as a very popular event held nation wide.
National Kidsafe Day aims to increase awareness of unintentional childhood injuries and their prevention, as well as the important work of Kidsafe - the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia, in public education, advocacy and research into the causes and prevention of unintentional childhood injury.
Blue Knot Day is ASCA's national awareness day celebrated in October every year. On this day, ASCA asks all Australians to unite in support of the 5 million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.
Day for Daniel is Australia's largest child safety education and awareness day. Held annually on the last Friday of October, Day for Daniel honours the memory of Daniel Morcombe. Register your school, early learning centre, workplace or community group today!
This year's National Bandanna Day aims to raise $1.7 million to help young people living with cancer. The theme for this year's event is "Attitude is Everything - Buy It, Wear It". By selling, buying and wearing bandannas, you can show your support for young people as they fight cancer.
This Halloween World Animal Protection are calling on animal lovers to bring together their friends, families, work colleagues and school buddies to host a Howl-o-ween event and raise funds to help protect animals from suffering around the world.